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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Deer hunting could be a dangerous endeavor for men with heart disease or risk factors for it, research findings suggest.



In a study of 25 middle-aged male deer hunters, researchers found that the activities inherent to hunting -- like walking over rough terrain, shooting an animal and dragging its carcass -- sent the men's heart rates up significantly.

In some cases, this led to potentially dangerous heart-rhythm disturbances, or diminished oxygen supply to the heart.

Of the 25 hunters, 17 had established coronary heart disease, while the rest had risk factors such as being overweight, smoking or having high blood pressure or cholesterol.

The findings suggest that for men like these, hunting could boost the risk of heart attack or cardiac arrest.

Susan Haapaniemi and colleagues at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oaks, Michigan, report the findings in the American Journal of Cardiology.

For the study, the researchers outfitted each man with a portable monitor that continuously recorded his heart's electrical activity during a day of deer hunting. For comparison, the men also had their hearts monitored as they exercised on a treadmill on a separate day.

In general, the researchers found, deer hunting put the men's hearts under more strain than the treadmill did. Ten men exceeded the maximum heart rate they logged on the treadmill, and several showed potentially dangerous heart responses to hunting that they did not show during the treadmill test.

Three men had signs of impeded blood flow to the heart during hunting, but not on the treadmill. Similarly, three of the men with heart disease had heart-rhythm abnormalities while hunting that did not show up on the treadmill test.

The combination of physical exertion, adrenaline rush and the stress of rough terrain and cold weather may explain the "excessive cardiac demands" seen with hunting, according to Haapaniemi's team.

What's more, they point out, most of the men in the study were taking part in an exercise program to treat their heart disease, or were regularly physically active. Hunting could be an even greater strain on the heart in men who are usually sedentary, the researchers note.

SOURCE: American Journal of Cardiology, July 15, 2007
 

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I'll take my chances. Better to die deer hunting than sitting on my butt in front of the TV or computer!
 

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a nation wide story whose purpose is to probably soften up the non-gun public into thinking future gun bans would be healthy and for our own good!
 

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I have heart problems, but I think I'm at greater risk sitting on my butt in front of the television. You just have to make sure that you get some exercise before the hunt. My deceased brother-in-law and I both had heart issues and we hunted every year. We just used a little common sense and took it easier than we did when we were younger. He died of liver cancer - not a heart attack. I'm going to try to get one with a handgun this year.:D
 

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I couldn't think of a better way to go. In the woods, breathing real air, doing something you enjoy.


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The way most guys get bad hearts is by sitting on their butts in front of a TV or 'puter.

We would all be better off sitting in front of the TV for two weeks and hunting for 50 weeks.
 

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I bet a man's heart rate goes up higher during sex, than dragging a deer back to camp. Sounds like a bunch of animal loving, anti hunting doctors are at it again.

Either way, if I got to go by either of these two ways, I will have a big smile on my face :D
 

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Question. How many times during the deer season where you are do you here of some body having a heart attack? I dont know of too many here in Michigan. Maybe one a year if that. Some times none. Last I checked, There were at least 250,000 deer hunters in michigan. One heart attack and its to dangerous. Baloney!
 

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My dad died 5 years ago at the end of a day of ice fishing, walking back to the truck through the snow.
It was a huge shock for my brother and nephew, who had to load him in the pickup and drive 70 miles to town.
Other than that, all in all, we think it was probably about the best way to go. Outdoors with a day of fun with family. Way better than lying in hospital.
 
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